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Les Ténèbres : ...And the Waves Came Crushing Down

With this release debuts the four-piece Les Ténèbres. Their music belongs to a substyle of doom metal which has long been one of my favourites: Atmospheric doom-death/doom-black in the vein of Forest of Shadows, The Fall of Every Season, and Nathan P. Holly. In here you'll even find resemblances of the sections of Woods of Ypres' music which contain clean vocals, however, that is mostly due to the occasional up-paced bursts. Les Ténèbres do follow the Firebox vein to some degree, but they belong among the bands who shun weeping guitars and Peaceville Three influences.

'...And the Waves Came Crushing Down' is mellow piece without feelings of utter grief, depression or pain. Like the grey ocean which follow the Norwegian shores, which so strongly has influenced these guys, the music is beautifully sad and intensively moving just by its mere presence. I find that the atmosphere of the album is like that of the memories of an old seafarer that tries his best to keep the names alive of all his friends that was swallowed by the merciless sea. It was those who made it back to land who bore the heaviest burdens.

The three bands which I've already mentioned is a good indicator on whether you will like this release or not. You need to be able to enjoy clean male vocals (they're quite good, actually) and "light" doom metal. Furthermore, I'd keep an eye on these guys as the four tunes found herein show much promise.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Storm
2. Remembrance
3. A Dream Within a Dream
4. Om visne blomster og tider som var

Duration : Approx. 30 minutes.

Visit the Les Ténèbres bandpage.

Reviewed on 08-11-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
Aesthetic Death
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